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Keeping in Touch June 2018

Dear All


When something awful happens and we go through some form of trauma we are told to "move on" as though that is easy. I have not had any trauma whilst in my position as Priest in Charge here in Scarrowbeck Benefice, far from it, I have enjoyed my time here immensely. However, I now face "moving on" with the trauma we are told it helps fix!

Moving house is always traumatic and downsizing particularly tricky - but it has to be faced. I have to say I’m not taking to it terribly well! My last Service is at 6.30pm on Sunday 1st.July at Erpingham and I hope you decide to come and see me off!


I have been appointed Chaplain to the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association by the Bishop of Norwich. I hope, therefore, that I bump into you at the Norfolk Show later this month.


I must say April and May have brought blessings with regard to the weather, but very rich blessings in our church life. Writing this in the days leading up to the Feast of Pentecost - the resting of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, reminds us that it can be something we rather take for granted. I remember, when I used to ride a rather powerful motorbike, finding I couldn’t progress any further because the clutch had broken. There I was, with what was then the most powerful motorbike produced ( an Ariel Square Four 1000cc) yet I couldn’t move even a yard. There was no connection between the engine and the wheels.


That’s a bit like us sometimes, gleaming in all sorts of ways, but not connected to the power of God, the Holy Spirit, because our "clutch" had broken down, or we simply had let it become disconnected.


I wish you all a connection with the all-powerful Holy Spirit that you may feel that power in your lives.



Best wishes

Father Paul


The Rev Canon Paul Thomas OBE



29th.April at Erpingham, Alma Mary Willcox


28th.April at Alby, George Sargent and Emma Lake 12th.May at Alby, Blessing of Simon Fox and Julie Moore


8th.May at Aldborough, Joyce Evelyn Day(98) 17th.May at Aldborough, Adrian William Lambert(71)





Sunday                      3rd June         10am Alby

Sunday                      1st July           10am Pet Service in Erpingham Rectory Garden




Week beginning Sunday




Blacksmith’s Lane & Loke, Butts Common



Alby Hill, Goose Lane, Low Common



Harmer’s Lane, The Street, Cromer Road



Calthorpe Road, Chapel Road, Cromer Road


Update on Hospice Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.

Hospice Ethiopia in Addis Ababa is thrilled to have received a new Toyota Landcruiser. The money for this was raised by the Diocese of Norwich’s lent appeal in 2017. It has taken nearly a year to get all the necessary paperwork in order for the car to be imported from Japan, and there is sufficient money for the running costs for the first 4 years too. With the new car, Hospice Ethiopia has now appointed a new nurse as they will have the capacity to double the number of patients they see on their Homecare Programme.

The Bridge Event held at the Bishop’s Palace in Norwich on May 12th raised just over £800, which will go towards paying the nurses’ salaries. Avid bridge players enjoyed playing during the afternoon, with a break for a delicious tea and a stroll in the Bishop’s beautiful garden.

Our next fundraiser will be in Aylsham Town Hall-see below for details.

The Aylsham Party in aid of Hospice Ethiopia

Saturday 14th July 2018

From 7pm

Aylsham Town Hall.

Tickets £20 (£15 for early birds before June 1st)

Buffet dinner, bar and live music: The Gentleman Gits playing rock and classical music from

The North Norfolk Ensemble

Tickets from Clare Glenn 01263 734853 and Barnwells, The Market Place,


info@hospiceethiopia.org.uk                                                             www.hospiceethiopia.org.uk



As many of you will already know, Father Paul will retire on 1st July after almost 5 years serving the parishes of this community. We would like to mark the occasion by presenting him with a gift to show our appreciation. If you would like to make a contribution towards it, please see your local Churchwarden (list below). Alternatively, cheques (payable to " Erpingham PCC" ) can be sent to Liz Ashness, Beech Cottage, Chapel Road, Erpingham, Norwich, NR11 9JQ. Please include your name and address, and clearly mark the envelope " Father Paul’s RETIREMENT" so it is correctly allocated. Thank you.



Mecki Green

01263 761480


Anne Bettany

01263 768681


Keith Harrison

01263 761698


Lesley Hennessey

01263 761873

Father Paul's final service will be a Group Evensong at Erpingham Church on Sunday 1st July at 6.30pm


This raised a fantastic £1,800 to be shared between Erpingham and Alby Churches. A very big thank you to all who helped with and supported this event.                Sheila Goodley and Jane Lewis




The Trosh needs you !

We would like more local organisations and businesses to be represented.

Will you have a stall to promote your activities?

Could you help with setting up, providing cakes or help managing the car park?


If you can contact Alan Witham 01263 761156


or Ros Horne 01263 761702 rjhorne8@btinternet.com



Erpingham with Calthorpe Village Hall Latest 200 Club Winners:








Mr. & Mrs. Warner


D.J. Nichols



G. Wilhelmy


Luke King





M. Rix



Mr. & Mrs. Brooks


B. Goodrum


20 Week Winners: £150: R. Horne £100: G. Craske £50: A. Bales


Spare Numbers still available; please consider taking one up; it’s an easy way to support your Village

Hall. Phone Jan Jeavons on 01263 761620


 Wildlife Film Show in support of CAN

Thank you to the large number of people who came to my film show in Erpingham at the end of March and for the generous donations which

together raised just over £1,000 for our new charity ‘Norfolk Wildlife Trust Children and Nature Fund’. On a lovely May morning at Belton Primary School, Great Yarmouth we introduced our new Children’s Ambassador, Jess French who is a presenter for the popular TV show CBeebies.

Jess enchanted the children, some scarcely 3 years old, as they got their hands dirty searching for bugs and insects and experienced the calming

pleasure of connecting to the natural world.

The event was well publicised by BBC East and showed that our new project has an exciting role to play in the vital work of improving our children’s lives by opening the door to nature.

John Snape.


Anyone for tennis?

If you’d like to get together and play, organised Sessions start at

Erpingham MUGA from 4 June:

Mondays 10am-12noon AND Wednesdays 7-9pm  All sessions £1. Come on your own or with a friend- just bring your racquet and play: tennis balls provided.

More tennis info from:

Ros (01263 768262 or email rosbrookside@aol.com)





 In connection with the new development off Eagle Road, the developers have asked for suggestions for the name of the new road.

If you have any suggestions can you e-mail them to me at trebeigh@gmail..com If you are not on e-mail you can phone me on 01263 768665 These will then be taken to the next Parish Council meeting for discussion. Norman Jope (Chair)



Every Spring Toads, Frogs and Newts migrate from their wintering areas to ponds to breed.  Common Toads in particular try to return to their ancestral ponds. This annual migration often involves crossing roads and every year nationally many thousands of these animals are killed by vehicles.

Here on Thwaite Common most of our amphibians cross from the north across the road to the three main ponds on the Common, and the road used to be covered in corpses after busy nights. Local residents formed patrols in 2008 to help save the  toads, one of many such patrols in Norfolk and across the U.K. People volunteer for a rota and go out with torches and hi-vis jackets soon after dusk on suitable evenings and simply move the creatures from the road to the verge or nearest pond. In the first ten years we saved nearly 16,000 Common Toads, over 600 Common Frogs, 241 Common or Smooth Newts, 4 Palmate Newts and 3 Great Crested Newts.

In 2018 we moved 2,186 toads and 454 frogs, more than twice as many frogs as any previous year. We also moved lots of Newts: 284 Common or Smooth newts, nearly half the Norfolk total; and 8 Great Crested newts. No Palmate Newts this year.


Once again we had some patrollers finding many corpses after a car had driven past too quickly so thank you to all the people driving their cars and vans around the Common who drive slowly and try to avoid slaughter, it really does make a difference. The migration only lasts 5  to 6 weeks and taking care during that time is well worth it.

Thank you to the 20 people who were on the rota this year and who went out on warm and wet nights to save these creatures, you did a fantastic job.

Are there other roads in the benefice where amphibians get run over? I would be pleased to hear from, and help, anyone who would like to think about a patrol in their own area next year. If you would like to

know more about the toad patrols, or would think about joining the Thwaite Common rota for next year, please contact Stephen Green on 01263 761350 or stephenclare234@btinternet.com.

Stephen Green, April 2018


Erpingham with Calthorpe WI

Suddenly it is summer, and so many things to do outdoors now that the weather is warming up nicely.

In June, we will not be meeting in the village hall, but in the garden of one of our members. (Okay, last year it was in the kitchen of one of our members when rain stopped play), In a triumph of hope over experience this year we will plan to hold our meeting among her flowers and veggies, with cool drinks and conversation. Of course, in the run up to the meeting she will have a bit of extra work to do in the garden, but none of us will judge if the borders have a few weeds.

Over the last few weeks we have really enjoyed our walks, including the Women Walk the world event, which this year featured a few men and a dog as well as tea and cake at Felbrigg Hall. A large contingent popped out to Wiveton and had a great lunch and many of us are continuing to Nordic walk, ramble and swim to use up those calories.

A new book group has formed within our ranks and a new art group is also planned to go ahead at the village hall on Friday mornings, starting in June. Our crafters are making progress with an entry into the Royal Norfolk Show WI competition. If you attend the show in June pop into the WI tent and vote for the best exhibit.

We have 2 important dates for your diary.

First a reminder; that on Saturday 21 July we are planning to hold a Fun Cricket Match at the village hall. If you want to join a team, please contact Clare (number below). You might just want to pop along to the village hall to enjoy the cricket tea, which will be served all afternoon. The match will be played using a soft ball, to save windows, and to non-standard rules to increase the pace and allow a result within the playing time of 1pm to 4.30pm. Medals and glory are at stake.

You will become aware of another big day in this year’s calendar; NORFOLK DAY will take place on Friday 27 July. Events will be taking place throughout Norfolk. We will mark the day by opening a pop-up cafe at the village hall that morning, serving tea, coffee and cake.

As we are on the Weavers Way, we hope walkers will drop in and take advantage of refreshments, and perhaps buy our village map, launched last year, and have a look at the progress of our big fabric map project which many of our members will be working on or displaying during the morning. Come and talk to us about our Nordic walking group or about some of the many activities undertaken by WI members.

Or just come to enjoy a chat, and some superior baking.


President:    Clare Wilson    01263 761350.

Secretary     Yvonne Moore 01263 768358.



Diary Dates for 2018


Garage Sale, Erpingham Rectory                      10.30-3pm             2nd June

All in a Garden Green, Hexachordia concert

Erpingham church                                     7.30pm                  8th June Aldborough Open Gardens                                11.30-4p                                                                               10th June North Norfolk Chorale Concert, Salle                           7.30pm                                                                               10th June Summer Fayre, Aldborough Green                   10am onwards 23rd June Erpingham Fete with Dog Show, Rectory gardens                                                                               30th June Pet Service, Rectory gardens                                   10am                      1st July Farewell lunch for Father Paul, Rectory garden 12 noon                1st July Hospice Dinner Dance, Aylsham                       7pm                                                                                                     14th July WI Tea Party & Cricket,

Erpingham with Calthorpe Village Hall     Saturday             21st July Aldborough Flower & Vegetable show,

Aldborough Community Centre                                             21st July Come & Sing Choral Weekend, Greshams

Enquires: fross@greshams.com                                                   21st & 22nd July

Trosh                                                                     11am – 4pm         16th September


Harvest Supper, St Mary’s church Aldborough Saturday              22nd September Harvest Festival, Aldborough         Sunday                  23rd September

Erpingham 5K Rural Run                                    Sunday                  23rd September


Festival of Crafts, Erpingham with

Calthorpe Village Hall                           Saturday                27th October